Michael Schumacher

Keep fighting Michael

Michael Schumacher

On 29 December 2013, the world of Formula 1 changed, a day when seven times World Champion went skiing while holidaying in France and suffered a freak accident which nearly killed him, for months he slipped in and out of a coma and has since recovered but is reportedly a sliver of the man he once was – we were ‘robbed’ of the sport’s genuine elder statesman.

Four years since that day mystery remains regarding his condition in the wake of the catastrophic brain injury he suffered on the Combe de Saulire piste, with fans and media subject to a total absence of information about him as engineered by his family and those treating him.

According to sources, his home care bills have now surpassed $24-million, not including the money spent during the first six months he was lying in intensive care. Currently, he is reportedly subject to $140,000-a-week treatment and care while he lives in his Geneva, Switzerland.

Schumacher’s health is one of sport’s most closely guarded secrets, leading to ongoing speculation as to when he will ever recover… if ever. Many sources claim he is immobile, in a wheelchair and requiring daily 247 supervision.

In September 2016, Felix Damm, the lawyer for Schumacher, told a German court that his client “cannot walk”, in response to false reports in December 2015 published in Die Bunte that he could “walk a couple of steps.”

Schumacher’s long-time manager Sabine Kehm is adamant that the F1 legend’s condition is “not a public issue” and insists she is duty bound to protect “his intimate sphere.”

At the time of the skiing accident, Schumacher was worth more than $700-million. He retired from Formula 1 as the most successful driver in history with seven world championship titles and 91 grand prix victories.

Since his accident, his wife Corinna has sold off the family’s private jet and a holiday home in Norway while son Mick Schumacher is pursuing a career in racing and in 2017 completed a full season in the European F3 Championship.

Meanwhile, German media have written that the Schumacher family were constantly hoping for a “medical miracle” but reports earlier this month claiming that the family would transfer Schumie to Texas for alternative treatment proved to be incorrect.

At the recent Formula 1 Hall of Fame launch ceremony FIA president Jean Todt, Schumacher’s boss during the Ferrari glory years, said, “We miss Michael. He’s there, still fighting. A fight is going on. Michael is someone very special, someone special for motorsport. He’s special to me, he’s a friend.”

Speaking for all F1 fans we at Grand Prix 247 can only say we miss the great Michael Schumacher and of course #keepfightingmichael